Pet service was great event
I’D like to thank St Andrew’s Church in Uxbridge for holding a “Pet Service” there on Sunday September 30.
It was well attended and people brought along their pets, including dogs, cats and guinea pigs.
There was also a hen and a small “bearded dragon” along with other creatures. They all seemed very well behaved in the church.
The service was to say thank you to God for our pets and to ask for his blessing on them.
I’ve been a member of the charity “The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals” for many years and they are all in favour of churches holding pet blessing services.
Such events help us consider humans’ treatment of animals - in intensive factory farming or in laboratory experiments on animals, for instance.
Animals help people in many ways – as assistance dogs for people with disabilities and to help people who cannot hear. Dogs are being trained to detect disease, as their noses are often more sensitive and efficient than many current medical tests!
Trained medical dogs can even detect when their owner is going to have an epileptic fit, and children with autism often gain confidence from forming a bond with an animal.
Specially approved pets are also brought in to visit hospitals and care homes, which can make the residents feel happier.
Perhaps more local churches might think about having a pet service? Ann Wills Ruislip